Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis sponsored The Stars and Stripes Act of 2021 last week in response to the State Department flying a Black Lives Matter flag at their embassies around the world to commemorate the anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
Reports indicate the BLM flag flown in Athens was so huge it covered the United States seal.
Malliotakis said it is “inappropriate” for Biden and Secretary Blinken to authorize and encourage the display of inherently political flags that are in no way affiliated with the U.S. government over American embassies.
The bill was cosponsored by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik as well as Congressmen Ken Buck, Michael Guest, Darrell Issa, Brian Mast and Pete Sessions.
Malliotakis issued a release that talks about BLM:
The Black Lives Matter organization website promotes a number of partisan political demands and initiatives, including:
- Convicting and banning former President Trump from holding future political office
- Expelling Republican members of Congress who voted against the certification of electors for Arizona and Pennslyvania
- Launching a full investigation into the ties between white supremacy, law enforcement, and the U.S. military
- Permanently banning former President Trump from all digital media platforms
- Defunding the police
- Speaking out against laws cracking down on domestic terrorism
- Passing radical criminal justice reform legislation
Stefanik said the “beautiful American flag” should fly over U.S. embassies rather than the flag of a “political organization founded by Marxists.”
Issa criticized the Biden Administration.
“The White House may think the American flag is just another banner to be displayed or replaced in foreign capitals when the mood strikes,” said Congressman Issa. “But this is more than untrue. It’s an emphatic misunderstanding of what this nation represents in every corner of the globe. And it fails to appreciate how our country’s symbols have sustained the hopes of the world in the darkest of hours. This legislation may be necessary, but even more important is for the Biden Administration to take stock of America’s exceptionalism.”